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2014 Volleyball Coaching Staff


Rose Obunaga

Head Volleyball Coach
Email: [email protected]

Rose Obunaga (pronounced Oh-boo-na-ga) enters her third season as head coach of the Stephens volleyball program in 2014.

In her second season at the helm, Stephens was 6-24 overall with one victory in league play against Harris-Stowe State. Other wins included a non-conference battle with HSSU, Southwestern (Kan.) in the first match of the season, along with Calvary Bible College, Avila and Midway.

In 2012, Obunaga guided the volleyball Stars to a 9-22 overall record, picking up four conference victories (4-14, American Midwest) and an upset win over Central Methodist (Mo.). Two individuals ranked in the top 50 nationally at the end of Obunaga’s first season as head coach, including Kelsie Byrd in blocks per set (23rd) and Lanie Hurt in assists per set (44th).

Obunaga looks to parlay a dominant playing career into an equally impressive coaching resume. The two-time Olympian hit the international circuit as a member of Kenya’s National Volleyball team in 2000 at the Sydney Summer Olympics. In the midst of her college career, Obunaga joined Kenya once again for the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.

At the collegiate level, Obunaga left quite the legacy at Missouri State University-West Plains. The two-time, first-team NJCAA All-American finished her two-year stint at MSU-West Plains ranked second all-time in total blocks (463), solo blocks (178), kills (1,302), attacking percentage (.444) and points earned (1,844). In 2009, Obunaga was inducted into the MSU-West Plains Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Kakamega, Kenya native is no stranger to NAIA. Following her junior college playing career, Obunaga attended Central Methodist (Mo.) where she earned first-team NAIA All-American honors. In 2005, she transferred to Columbia College and helped the Cougars to a 35-4 overall record and runner-up finish at the NAIA National Tournament. Leading the team in kills, kills/set, blocks, solo blocks and blocks/set, Obunaga added to her long list of accolades with first-team NAIA All-American and All-Tournament honors.

At Columbia, Obunaga served as a student assistant volleyball coach while completing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (2006). In 2011, Obunaga completed a master’s degree in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville, where she served as a graduate assistant coach.

Other coaching opportunities for Obunaga have included a volunteer position at Washington University in St. Louis and a head coaching position with H2 St. Louis Volleyball Club U17s.

Obunaga resides in Columbia, Mo., and has one daughter, Yonne Nasimiyu. Yonne is a sophomore for the volleyball Stars this season.

Year(s)

Overall Record

AMC Record/Finish

2012

9-22 (.290)

4-14 (.222)/8th

2013

6-24 (.200)

1-10 (.091)/11th

Totals

15-46 (.246)

5-24 (.172)